German shorthaired pointers are the ideal dog for families who love the outdoors

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 17, 2016 05:30 PM

German shorthaired pointers, so hot right now.

The breed just won Best in Show at Westminster for the third time in the show’s 140-year history, thanks to a beautiful display by 3-year-old CJ. Now that the champion has been crowned, many are Googling the breed to see if they have room in their life for this type of show dog.

Well, we’ve got everything you need to know about these stunning brown and white pooches, and the 411 on what German shorthaired pointers need to thrive.

According to Dogster, the German shorthaired pointer’s origin is a mix of other hunting dogs. German hunters bred dogs like the English foxhound, English pointer and the old Spanish pointer to create a canine who exceeded in all hunting needs (pointing, retrieving and tracking) and also provided a protective and smart companion for families.

Sounds like the perfect furry friend, right? Well, there are some qualities you need to considered before searching for a German shorthaired pointer of your own. This intelligent and energetic breed thrives on activity, interaction and challenges. German shorthaired pointers do best with a large yard where they can burn energy and play games, and a big family who loves to involve them in trips and playtime. This breed is not the best fit for those living in a small space or with minimal outdoor access, and since these dogs are people-oriented, they could have trouble living with a single owner who spends a lot of time out of the house.

For families with space, German shorthaired pointers are ideal. They get along with people of all ages, and pets of all kinds. Once you welcome this breed into your home, you are also gaining a dedicated watchdog, a smart playmate and an excellent hiking buddy.

German shorthaired pointers grow to be 55-70 pounds and can live up to 15 years or more. Common health issues for this breed included hip dysplasia, epilepsy, obesity and eye diseases. Because of their short coat, they are very easy to groom.

If you think you have a place for one of these loyal winners in your life, visit the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America for a list of approved breeders or check out New Beginnings German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue.